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"Dallas News" featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Professor of Marketing Larry Chiagouris in "Is it legal for a politician to block a constituent on social media?"

11/05/2018

"Dallas News" featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Professor of Marketing Larry Chiagouris in "Is it legal for a politician to block a constituent on social media?"

..."Generally, it is always better for politicians to listen to opposing viewpoints," said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. "But they shouldn't have to listen to anonymous voices on their pages that are mean-spirited and whose angry speeches border on hate speech. In a free society, freedom of speech also means being able to have the freedom to not listen to somebody who you don't want to."

But abusive posts and simply writing a dissenting view are two forms of speech that should not be equated. It's a politician's duty to hear the thoughts of constituents, even — and especially — those that have differing points of view. Social media helps facilitate dialogue, especially at a time when many politicians aren't even opting for official town halls. To shut down that line of communication flies in the face of the very democracy that elected officials purport to uphold.

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